Lay of Leithian Canto VI
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- When Morgoth in that day of doom
- had slain the Trees and filled with gloom
- the shining land of Valinor,
- there Fëanor and his sons then swore
- the mighty oath upon the hill
- of tower-crowned Tûn, that still
- wrought wars and sorrow in the world.
- From darkling seas the fogs unfurled
- their blinding shadows grey and cold
- where Glingal once had bloomed with gold
- And Belthil bore its silver flowers.
- The mists were mantled round the towers
- of the Elves' white city by the sea.
- There countless torches fitfully
- did start and twinkle, as the Gnomes
- were gathered to their fading homes,
- and thronged the long and winding stair
- that led to the wide echoing square.
- There Fëanor mourned his jewels divine,
- the Silmarils he made. Like wine
- his wild and potent words them fill;
- a great host harkens deathly still.
- But all he said both wild and wise,
- half truth and half the fruit of lies
- that Morgoth sowed in Valinor,
- in other songs and other lore
- recorded is. He bade them flee
- from lands divine, to cross the sea,
- the pathless plains, the perilous shores
- where ice-infested water roars;
- to follow Morgoth to the unlit earth
- leaving their dwellings and olden mirth;
- to go back to the Outer Lands
- to wars and weeping. There their hands
- they joined in vows, those kinsmen seven,
- swearing beneath the stars of Heaven,
- by Varda the Holy that them wrought
- and bore them each with radiance fraught
- and set them in the deeps to flame.
- Timbrenting's holy height they name,
- whereon are built the timeless halls
- of Manwë Lord of Gods. Who calls
- these names in witness may not break
- his oath, though earth and heaven shake.
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